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Questions regarding the relationship of a story going from book format to movie format.

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Why did Kubrick avoid a direct explanation to “Clockwork orange”'s meaning?

I am curious about a significant difference between the book and the movie of "A clockwork orange". In the novel by Burgess, "A clockwork orange" is a sort of meta-title; when Alex and his friends ...
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Did this quote from the book appear in any of the Jurassic Park movies?

The following quote is from the Jurassic Park book, spoken by the character Ian Malcolm: Most kinds of power require a substantial sacrifice by whoever wants the power. There is an apprenticeship, ...
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Has any Philip Jose Farmer books been adapted for movies or TV?

I am a big fan of Philip Jose Farmer books, has anyone heard of any of his books or short stories being adapted for movies or TV?
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What are the methods of including a character's thoughts in an audiovisual medium?

When adapting a written medium (such as a novel or comic book) to an audio-visual one, a common difficulty is presenting what the character is thinking on-screen, as most fiction is presented from the ...
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What determines when a book will be split into multiple films?

Over the last few years more and more book adaptations are being split into multiple films corresponding to a single book, to name a few: The Hobbit (One book, three films) Breaking Dawn Mockingjay ...
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What fighting skills does Sherlock have?

I have been watching the British TV show Sherlock and it has got me intrigued about the the character. Sherlock is mostly depicted as an extremely intelligent and sharp individual whose brain ...
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Why did the Great Gasby (2013) movie erase the hints of Nick Carraway's homosexuality? [closed]

This question is about the two-oscar winning movie Great Gastby (2013) that was co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann. Only after I had seen this extraordinary movie and found out that F. Scott ...
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Has the book 'Non - Stop' by Brian Aldiss ever been adapted for film/tv?

Non-Stop from Brian Aldiss is a sci-fi novel I've just read and would like to see if anyone has used it as a base story for a film, or even maybe a TV episode (Star Trek for example). As far as I'm ...
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White Walker scene in S04E04

On what basis or with what reference was the White Walker induction ceremony included in the Game of Thrones episode "Oathkeeper" (S04E04) and where is it referred to in the books?
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Why was the character Coldhands not introduced in Season 4, when he was in the books?

In the book "A Dance with Dragons" Coldhands is the one who leads Bran and the rest to Three eyed raven, but in the TV series Game of Thrones this character is never introduced. Why is that? There ...
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What is the purpose of the changes to Game of Thrones show?

After finishing the fourth season of the the Game of Thrones show I was a little put off by the consistent divergence from the original storyline in the books. Before I had already resolved to ...
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To which degree was the image of the “Angel of Verdun” influenced by Jeanne d'Arc?

After Rita Vrataski proved herself a war hero in the battle of Verdun prior to the events of Edge of Tomorrow she became known and advertized as the "Angel of Verdun", a symbol of hope and a possible ...
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Assassinations during the christening in The Godfather

In the film Michael has the heads of the other four New York families assassinated. These include Barzini, Tattaglia, Cuneo and Stracci. In the novel, it is only Emilio Barzini and Philip Tattaglia ...
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Why did the film change the name of the alien invaders for the movie Enders Game?

The launch of the movie version of Ender's Game was beset by controversy caused by the anti-homosexuality views of Osron Scott Card, the author of the original book. The book doesn't itself contain ...
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How long did it take Ahmed to learn the Norse language and was that true to the source material?

One thing I always wonder when watching The 13th Warrior is, how Ahmed learns the Norse language so fast. While I for myself could make some sense out of certain words, it must be significantly harder ...
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Is the role of Colonel Race true to the novel?

Having seen Death on the Nile for many times, it only occured to me recently that the role of Colonel Race, played by David Niven, doesn't seem to serve much more than being a slightly more "socially ...
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Why use the Feds rather than the US Marshals in The Family?

In The Family, the Blakes/Manzonis are American nationals in a witness protection program in Normandy, France. However, they are guarded by the FBI rather than by US Marshals as is normally the case. ...
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Has Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain/Der Zauberberg ever been made into a movie? If not, why not? [closed]

The title pretty much tells it; Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain/Der Zauberberg is one of the best books I've ever read and, in the right hands, could make a masterpiece of a movie. Has anybody ever ...
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Why was the family's viewpoint not shown in the movie?

At the beginning of Captain Phillips we see some scenes of him together his wife Andrea, driving to the airport and talking about their children. Later his family is mentioned rather rarely, he sends ...
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How far does the depiction of the pirates' characters match the book?

The pirates that capture Captain Phillips after invading the Maersk Alabama are given rather typical roles in the movie, I think: There is Muse, the leader and voice of reason (compared to the ...
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Why are movies so different from the original books?

Recently reading both the books and watching the movies for "A Murder on the Orient Express" and "Ender's Game", I am curious as to why some of the details change when going from the book to producing ...
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What is the meaning behind Pussy Galore's name?

While I was watching James Bond 007 - Goldfinger on TV, I remember a lesson I had back in high school. We were learning about how movies are affected/released by what is going on in society. We looked ...
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Why are the movie adaptations of the Robert Langdon book series in a random order?

The movie adaptations of the Robert Langdon book series have been released in the wrong order. The order of the books is "Angels & Demons", "The Da Vinci Code", "The Lost Symbol", and then ...
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What is the significance of Kristen Stewart's character?

In the ending of Jumper, we got to know that David has a half sister played by Kristen Stewart. What is the significance of her role? I am not aware of the novel series from which it is adopted. Does ...
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Were the characters of Tiwana, Lydia, and Calvin also in the book?

In the movie, Standing Up, there is an act that deals with Howie and Grace getting on a bus belonging to a different camp. This leads to a potential confrontation with racial undertones which, at ...
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Why don't they try digging in Under the Dome?

In The TV Series Under the Dome, Military used MOAB (Mother of all Bombs) to remove the dome problem but why not they try digging into the ground? I mean military can use non electronic method to try ...
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How faithful are the scripts of Point Blank and Payback to the book, The Hunter?

Both the 1967 Lee Marvin flick, Point Blank, and Mel Gibson's Payback (1999) are based on the novel, The Hunter, by Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake). Although the underlying premise is similar, the ...
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Why does the film Beautiful Creatures differ so drastically from the book?

We watched Beautiful Creatures last night, I've read the book and even I was confused at points. Extra ideas were added, large amounts were cut. From memory Marilyn and Ama's characters were ...
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Why is Game of Thrones aimed at such a mature audience?

I've watched the first series and I'm currently reading the book. What strikes me the most is how much extra gore and sex has been added for the TV series. I believe most of the DVDs released in the ...
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How closely do Sherlock Episodes relate to the original stories?

In the TV Series Sherlock I know there are many references to the original canon (for example the hat). Particularly variations of the episode names. A Study in Pink - A Study in Scarlet A Scandal ...
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Movie Seventh Son any tie to Orson Scott Card book?

I was just looking on IMDB and saw the trailer listed for the movie Seventh Son. I originally wondered if this movie is in anyway connect to the book by Orson Scott Card of the same name. Looking ...
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Why was Jeyne Westerling replaced by Talisa Maegyr in the TV Series?

"Clash Of Kings" has whereas nothing as such is seen in Game of Thrones with the inclusion of Lady Talisa. What are the reasons for such a change?
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Most faithful Dracula book adaptation (motion film /animation)

I recently reread the book Dracula by Bram Stoker and I am searching for a movie that resembles the book closest. The 1992 film Dracula seems to have gotten only decent reviews and the love story ...
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Does John Silver escape with *all* the gold at the end of the 1950 version of Treasure Island?

The 1950 Walt Disney version of Treasure Island ends with John Silver in a small boat, escaping treasure island alone with a chest full of treasure. The Squire, Jim Hawkins, Dr. Livesy, and the other ...
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What is the story behind Robert Langdon's Mickey Mouse watch?

In Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, movies, the character Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wears a Mickey Mouse watch and when somebody asks about it he never answers (or did i miss it?). The ...
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Differences in plot or character among Game of Thrones TV adaptation and book

I have not read the Game of Thrones books. But at the same time I have heard of people complaining that there has been deviation from the plot and a lot of characters merit more development and ...
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Why was Abraham Lincoln chosen to be a vampire hunter?

In the movie Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Abraham Lincoln is portrayed as a vampire hunter. I do not understand why the producers chose him to be a vampire hunter. Historically he is of great ...
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Why did the ending change in the Fight Club Adaptation?

Recently finishing up the book Fight Club after being a fan of the movie for so long. While the movie retains most of the dialogue and several tones of the book, one giant contrast is now present to ...
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How close to the Sookie Stackhouse books is True Blood?

I know there are a lot of IP's out there that start in different media(Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, etc) when they switch to TV that they try to follow the source material, in this case the ...
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Why did Blade Runner deviate from the source novel so significantly?

In Philip K. Dick's novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' there are key aspects of the plot of the novel that are completely excluded from Blade Runner, including: That animals have almost ...
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Was Frodo Baggins in the original version of The Hobbit?

I see from the trailers for the new Hobbit film that Frodo Baggins is in it. It has been a while since I read the book but I don't remember Frodo being in it. Was his addition only for the movie ...
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Why is the ending of Forrest Gump different from the novel?

I have read the book Forrest Gump and also watched the Forrest Gump movie version. In the movie version at the end of movie, Jenny told Forrest that she was suffering from HIV/AIDS virus then she ...
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Why was there no narration in The Hunger Games?

The movie The Hunger Games is based off of Suzanne Collin’s book with the same name. The book is 100% first person, with a lot of detail coming from thoughts made by Katniss Everdeen. However, the ...
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What are the specific parallels between Shakespeare's The Tempest and Forbidden Planet?

It is often said that the classic 50s movie Forbidden Planet is basically just a remake of The Tempest, Shakesepeare's last play. (The original credits don't reference this.) Is this right? What are ...
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Was Zero Effect an early attempt to do a modern Sherlock Holmes?

As far as I can remember (it's hard to check since I don't think there has ever been a region 2 DVD) the fantastic but under appreciated movie Zero Effect featured a somewhat reclusive private eye ...
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Why has no movie version of I Am Legend dared to keep the original ending?

The original book that led to the movies Last Man On Earth, The Omega Man and I Am Legend (and have I missed any?) has a somewhat pessimistic ending (Richard Matheson's great I Am Legend). I know that ...
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Why were the Katayanagi Twins not as fleshed out as the other Exes in Scott Pilgrim?

Mathew Patel, Lucas Lee, Todd Ingram, Roxie Richter, and (obviously) Gideon Graves were all fleshed out rather decently by having their own epic fight scene as well as back-story from Romona in the ...
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Why are Lex's and Tim's ages switched in the film adaptation of Jurassic Park?

In the novel, Tim is the older sibling, computer wiz, and dinosaur enthusiast. In the movie, their ages and personalities are swapped (mostly) so that Lex is the older sibling and the computer wiz ...
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Why wasn't the poltergeist Peeves in the Harry Potter movies?

In the Harry Potter book series, Peeves is a poltergeist that roams the hallways causing trouble. He never really adds anything essential to the plot line, but his scenes are amusing. Obviously they ...
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Did Kurosawa make so many Shakespeare-adaptations to avoid censorship?

Shortly after World War II the Americans did observe and censor the newly made movies in Japan. Did Kurosawa make that many Shakespeare-adaptations in that time, because it was easier to get them ...